Iain Blakeley

Barrister - Tax Expert - Business Adviser - Director, Professional, Practical, Fast, Affordable

Australian GST

How complicated can you get?

The Australian legislature has just passed some new regulations confirming parking charges, road tolls, facility hire charges, tip fees and fees for access to information are subject to GST. One thing we should be thankful for as taxpayers is that we live in a country...

Insurance claims

A lot of issues are appearing with insurance claims and leaky homes settlements. A recent bulletin from the Australian Tax Office is a good example of why it's important to get it right. The ATO's bulletin deals with a situation where a home owner makes an insurance...

Warning for small operators

A recent Australian court case serves as a warning for very small businesses. The NZ rules are similar. The taxpayer bought a former fauna park intending to convert it to educational and accommodation use. However the taxpayer didn't get around to kick starting their...

Good news for tourists to Australia….

The Australian Government is looking at making its GST refund scheme for tourists more generous. Amongst the measures is a proposal to allow purchases made up to 60 days before departing Australia eligible for GST refunds (currently 30 days). They are also proposing...

More on NZ’s low value import rules

NZ Customs is proposing to relax the low value asset threshold for imported goods. Here's a paper they've prepared for Government's consideration. Click here. In essence NZ Customs suggests allowing more low value goods to be imported without GST or other customs...

Australia shines spotlight on e-tailing

The Australian Government has set up an enquiry by their Productivity Commission into online shopping and the impact on retailers. There'll be lessons here for New Zealand. I think it's difficult to contemplate an end to tactile retail therapy which so many Kiwis seem...

Singapore innovates for its tourists

Tourists in Singapore will benefit from mid 2011 when that country takes its GST Tourist Refund Scheme into the electronic age. The existing paper based system is going to be replaced by a procedure which will see tourists using tokens to record purchases as they go....

Free beer for Aussies!

VB have decided they're going to give a free beer to every adult in Australia if that country wins the next Ashes cricket series against England. More details here. The problem for the Government with these sorts of giveaways is they don't get any GST - that is if the...

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